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Corona Virus - Back to school plans and general information

Return to School Update 23rd June:


Dear parents and carers,

I do hope that you are all well. Please accept my apologies as I had hoped to email to you on Friday a further update however there was a delay in advice from our Health and Safety team.

Update on places at school:

We have now reached our capacity in school and cannot take any more children full-time before the summer break. This includes key worker children. As Year 6 and Year 1 have returned and the country builds confidence in the easing of the lockdown, I know that some families would have potentially changed their minds and wanted places. Unfortunately we are now struggling with staff and space and cannot accommodate any more children. We will, of course, be continuing our home learning work to support children and families at home.

Update on Year 2,3,4 and 5,

In light of health and safety advice, we have now changed our plans and can finally write to you with our offer for Years 2 - 5. We will be offering these year groups one face-to-face session before the summer break. A parentmail letter will be sent out tomorrow with more details. The session will be half the class in our school hall and will be a mixture of social and fun activities.

Transition, new classes and reports,

Over the coming weeks, we will be sending out information ready for September regarding new classes and staff changes. We are in the process of arranging some zoom dates with your child's new teacher for September and all children will have some home learning tasks focused on getting ready for September. We are hoping to keep classes the same next year so that children will move up with their current class groups.

We are in the process of finalising the end of year reports. We are hoping to send these out by Friday 10th of July.

Year 6 Leavers

Miss Groocock, Mrs Smith and Mrs Craig will be writing to our Year 6 regarding our leavers' arrangements. It's such a difficult time but we want to make sure they have a great send off!

I hope this shares all our plans over the coming weeks. if you have any queries or questions please do get in touch.

Warmest regards,

James Blackwell

Parents/carers update - 19/06/2020


Dear Parents / Carers,


I do hope you are all well at this time. This is just a quick update on how we are progressing with our plans for returning to school.


From Monday we will be welcoming back to school the remainder of children who wanted to return to school from Year 6 and Year 1. We will also be starting our Reception social bubbles providing social time and play for our Reception children. We also have two key worker groups in school that are supporting our key workers.


The children who have returned so far have been great at following our new Kindness Code and the adjusting to 2m social distancing. We are extremely proud of how sensible they have been.

We now have are nearing capacity in the school for numbers of children and staffing however, we are looking at a plan for years 2,3,4, and 5 over the coming weeks. I am waiting on some further advice and hope to write further next week.


We are continuing home learning for all children at home until the end of the Summer Term. A large number of our staff have now returned to teaching in school so you may find that staff are not as quick to respond to any queries you may email in. They will get back to you as soon as they can. Our Zoom meetings this week have been really successful so we will be building these into the remainder of the weeks. Please keep checking your parentmail app for invites.


We are looking at how we can support keep up our reading programme for early reading at home and will write soon with some further advice and guidance.


Please do keep in touch with your news by posting on Facebook or by contacting your teachers via the class emails. Keeping our community together at this time is extremely important and it's great to hear and see all that you have been up to at home.


Over the coming days, I am sure the government will be sending out further guidance for September and I will let you know any information as soon as I have it.


For now, keep staying safe and enjoy your weekend,

Warmest Regards,

James Blackwell


See, Hear, Respond- support services:

Supporting families in partnership with the DFE. A new and innovative programme across England that co-ordinates a dynamic sector response to children's needs. Targeted support is available for those who are vulnerable and in need of additional support. Support is accessible for:

  • Under 5's with a focus on under 2's
  • Those with SEND and families that are at risk- from harms such as online exploitation etc.
  • Children out of the home and at risk of exploitation
  • Young carers

Barnardo's is convening a network of national and local community based partners to work together to identify and provide front line support to these children and their families. 


The services available include:

Online digital support

Youth intervention

Re-integration into Education


In order to refer to the service an application must be made and can be found here:


Letter from the Local Authority - Back to School and Closure of the Childcare Hubs